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About the Cover: Susan and Audie Merchant Family Focus: Beating the Back to School Blues Medical: Is the Way You Breathe Bad for You? Community Spotlight: Paulding’s Next Star! Calendar of Events Health: Stay Protected Against Germs Finance: Protect Family Members from Scam Artists Relationships: Making a 100% Commitment Home Improvement: Stair Design Tips Gardening: Planning on a Fall Food Crop? Feature Photographer: April Estes Pets: Back to School Season Affects Pets Too What’s Cookin’: Bento Lunch Ideas for Kids Crossword Puzzle

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t’s among the most important physical functions our bodies perform. We do it about 20,000 times a day. And still, somehow, most of us get it wrong. “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to learn to breathe correctly,” says Andrew Weil, MD, a well-known pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. It turns out that getting more oxygen—by simply changing the way we breathe—can facilitate healing from a startling number of serious conditions, including chronic pain, atrial fibrillation, asthma, digestive issues, depression, and a wide range of stress-related illnesses. The secret is to return to a more natural pattern of respiration: Newborns come into the world breathing deeply, but as we age, stress can alter that pattern, and many of us start to breathe more shallowly. By adulthood, on average, we’re taking 15 to 20 breaths per minute—three to four times faster than is optimal. That’s where the trouble can start. “Rapid, shallow breathing sends a message to our adrenal glands that we’re in fight-or-flight mode, and they begin pumping out stress hormones like cortisol,” explains Brenda Stockdale, Director of Behavioral Medicine at regional and nationally recognized cancer centers. And when the body is stressed, it’s weakened. Our immune cells normally function like “little Pac-Men,” Stockdale explains, “patrolling for and destroying bacteria and diseased cells before they can multiply. But when cortisol levels are elevated, those immune cells slow down drastically, allowing pathogens and diseased cells to slip by.” Fortunately, there are simple methods to reverse our faulty inhale-exhale habits. To get started, try these three exercises: Diaphragmatic Breathing - Breathing that involves expanding the belly, giving the lungs room to take in more oxygen. This method improves circulation; eases stress-related and anxiety disorders; speeds recovery from chemotherapy. To start: 1. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Place one hand just below your rib cage and the other on your upper chest. 2. Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach pushes against your lower hand. 3. As you exhale through pursed lips, tighten your abs and let them fall inward. (Throughout inhalation and exhalation, the hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.) Do this exercise three times a day for five to ten minutes, then gradually increase that amount. With enough practice, you should begin to breathe this way automatically. Alternate-Nostril Breathing - A technique designed to promote relaxation. This technique reduces blood pressure; may have an anti-obesity effect, and boosts cognitive function on spatial tasks. To start: 1. With your right thumb, close your right nostril and inhale slowly through your left nostril. 2. Now close your left nostril with your pinky and ring fingers, release your thumb, and exhale slowly through your right nostril. 3. Keep the right nostril open, inhale, then close it; open the left nostril, and exhale slowly through the left. That’s one round. Start with three rounds, and add a round each week until you are up to five. Then practice whenever you’re feeling stressed out. The Bellows Breath - An exercise aimed at increasing alertness. It provides a boost in energy comparable to the high you feel after a workout. To start: 1. With your mouth closed, inhale and exhale quickly and evenly through your nose. Aim for three in-out cycles per second, but stop after 15 seconds on your first attempt. 2. Keep practicing, increasing your time by five seconds, until you reach a minute. When you feel your energy dipping, try this technique for 60 seconds. Reprinted with permission. www.MarkMatousek.com. Dr. Andrew Weil and Brenda Stockdale were interviewed by Mark Matousek for this article. Brenda Stockdale, author of “You Can Beat the Odds.” www.BrendaStockdale.com



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aulding Education Foundation is gearing up for one of its most successful fundraising events to date– Paulding’s Next Star! Held for the first time in 2017 to a sold out audience, the highly anticipated singing contest brings to town a local spin to the “American Idol” format and recognizes the hard work and achievements of local talent by providing the opportunity to compete for scholarships, a cash prize and the reigning title. Over 100 video auditions were submitted the inaugural year, resulting in more than 24,000 online votes. Twenty contestants were chosen to move on to the next round to compete in the live performance before three expert judges. The judge’s panel narrowed the group down to the top three, allowing the audience to select the winner. Morgan Dudley won the inaugural title of Paulding’s Next Star (PNS), while first runner-up Sasha Hurtado and second runner-up Andrew Weaver rounded out the top three.

Paulding’s Next Star 2017 was such a fun show! It was amazing to witness the interaction among the contestants while backstage. Everyone was nervous, but they were all nervous together. I was amazed how they supported each other,” said PNS Director of Marketing and Communications

Amanda Busby.

“The timing of PNS was perfect for Andrew, who won second runner-up. It allowed him to practice his audition song for this past season of American Idol, and by winning the gift certificate to Jan Smith Studios, he received professional vocal instruction, which helped him win a golden ticket, allowing him to participate in Hollywood week on American Idol,” shares Andrew’s mother, Kelli Weaver.



The contestant from each category with the most votes through “likes” on Facebook will join 10 contestants determined by PNS staff and judges, and will advance to the final round, performing before a live audience on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The judges will select the top three performers based on their live performance, and the audience will have the opportunity to vote for the winner, ultimately selecting Paulding’s Next Star!

er and instructor, has over 30 years’ experience in the music industry as both an artist and a mentor, a Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee, and has an extraordinary list of professional credits, which include multi-platinum, Grammy winning and nominated artists such as Usher, Justin Bieber, Matchbox Twenty and many more; and local singer-songwriter Renee Clonts, from the band Mercy Rises, who won Mill Town Music Hall’s West Georgia Sing-Off in 2015 and has been accompanying Grammy award winner Linda Davis in numerous shows since 2016. Former PNS judge Erica Hoffman, singer, songwriter and vocal coach at Jan Smith Studios, will return in a mentoring capacity and will offer a special training session to the top 12 final contestants, in addition to one-on-one coaching prior to the live performance.

The 2018 PNS planning committee have lined up an amazing panel of judges this year, which include legendary music industry executive and producer Harold Shedd, whose fame came as producer of artists such as Alabama, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Toby Keith and many other superstars; Grammy nominated producer Jan Smith, noted as the world’s premier vocal produc-

This show would not be possible without our Title Sponsor, Ragsdale Heating, Air and Plumbing, and our Performance Sponsor, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Proceeds of Paulding’s Next Star benefit the Paulding County School District by providing scholarships and grants to the students, teachers and school districts within Paulding County.

Auditions opened on August 1 for the second annual show. Now, students and adults, ages 13 and above, are eligible to enter by submitting a 60-second video showcasing their singing ability through one of two new competing categories, Scholastic or Emerging Professional Performer, by visiting pauldingeducationfoundation. com.

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Events for the Our Town Calendar are listed FREE (Restrictions Apply*-see pg 22 for instructions) **Dates, times and locations are always subject to change prior to printing. Please confirm with the event coordinator. For the full Calendar visit OurTownFamily.com

Dallas Farmers Market Every Saturday; 8am – 12pm, Downtown Dallas, Regions Bank Parking Lot Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! REGISTER NOW for Fall Classes! Class begins - August 6 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Questions or to Register? 770-445-5525 VENDORS NEEDED for Paulding Fine Arts 2018 Fall Fest Visit http://www.pauldingfinearts.org/ for application and information. Festival is Saturday, October 13 from 10am-4pm on Main Street Dallas Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center August 2; Thursday 11am - 1pm ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) To register visit www.paulding chamber.org or call 770-445-6016. FREE Outdoor Movie presented by Paulding County Parks and Recreation August 4; Saturday 7:30pm Veterans Memorial Park/Watson Govt Complex ‘COCO’ - Bring lawn chairs and blankets out to enjoy a family-friendly movie on the BIG SCREEN! Alcohol prohibited. Questions? 770-445-8065 FREE Summer Concert presented by Paulding County Parks and Recreation August 11; Saturday 8pm Veterans Memorial Park/Watson Govt Complex Come out for a surprise performance for the whole family. Pack a picnic basket, a blanket and enjoy the music! Alcohol prohibited. Questions? 770-445-8065 Ragsdale Heating-Air-Plumbing Sporting Clay Shoot August 11; Saturday 8:30am – Registration 10am Shotgun Start Sponsorships available. $800 for a team of 4 or $225 individual (includes ammo, cart, breakfast and lunch). Garland Mountain Sporting Clay, 2618 Garland Mtn Trail, Waleska, GA Questions? jgrey@pauldingchamber.org or 770-445-8065 Football in Paulding August 17 and every Friday through November 2; 7:30pm See Our Town’s annual football issue next month for full calendar. Until then, visit: East Paulding Raiders - www.EastPauldingFootball.com Hiram Hornets - www.HiramAthletics.com North Paulding Wolfpack - www.NorthPauldingFootball.com Paulding County Patriots - www.PCHSFootball.com South Paulding Spartans - www.SouthPauldingFootball.com Dallas Food Truck Friday and LIVE Concert with Fleetwood Max August 17; Saturday 5pm – 10pm Tickets $25/$30/$35 www.dallasgaconcerts.com 20th Anniversary Gala for Shepherd’s Rest Ministries August 17; Saturday at Rose Hall Event Center You’re invited to be a part of the “Evening under the Stars” event through your sponsorship, donation or purchase of tickets. All proceeds go directly to Shepherd’s Rest to help the victims of domestic violence in Paulding. Questions? 770-443-5213 Mother’s Finest in Concert at the Mill Amphitheater - Villa Rica August 18; Saturday; 8:00pm Don’t miss this night of great music, food and fun! Admission is FREE!!!! Snake Program presented by Paulding County UGA Extension Office August 23; Thursday 10am Master Gardener Extension Volunteers will present this FREE program. Space is limited. Call 770-443-7616 or visit www.ugaextension.org/paulding to register. Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Watson Government Complex August 25; 4th Saturday of the month; 4pm - 9pm Beautiful cars and family fun! www.georgiaclassicrides.com Pioneer Days Festival at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville  August 31 – September 3; Friday to Monday - Labor Day Weekend Arts, crafts, rides, and games. Fireworks on Monday. Daily unlimited rides $20. For hour and admission visit www.pioneerdaysga.com

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RECYCLE Ever wonder what to do with recyclables? Here is some helpful recycling information we found which will help keep our planet and our community GREEN! *Aluminum Cans: Cans are accepted at the Paulding County Recycling Center and the Ridge Road Library. Please empty and rinse the cans. Please check with your neighborhood schools for aluminum recycling as well. *Auto Batteries: These can be taken to Paulding County Recycling Center, AutoZone, Advanced Auto or call Alsobrook Recycling at 678-567-5577. *Cell Phones, old PDAs and Pagers: These are accepted at the Paulding County Recycling Center and Staples *Computers: Paulding County Recycling Center, Office Depot or functional personal computers can be donated to senior citizens to use for emailing family and friends. *Corrugated Cardboard: Paulding County Recycling Center. Please flatten and remove all polystyrene peanuts and/or other packaging material before placing in bin. *Glass: Paulding County Recycling Center *Magazines and glossy mixed paper: All magazines as well as glossy paper (INCLUDING YOUR BELOVED OUR TOWN MAGAZINE) can be dropped at the Paulding County Recycling Center and many local schools accept them. *Metal: Scrap metal is accepted at the Paulding County Landfill. Scrap metal includes old appliances, bikes, grills, lawn mowers, and much more. *Motor oil: Recycle at places like AutoZone and Advanced Auto, or the Paulding County Recycling Center. *Newspaper: Paulding County Recycling Center, Walmart, Kroger in Hiram and some local schools. *Nickel-Cadmium batteries: These are accepted at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Dallas City Hall and the Paulding County Recycling Center. *Office Paper and non-glossy mixed paper: This includes notebook paper, envelopes, post-it notes, junk mail, printer paper and non-corrugated cardboard. Take to Paulding County Recycling Center. *Plastic: The Paulding County Recycling Center accepts plastic with numbers 1 or 2 on bottom of container (i.e. water and soda bottles and milk jugs). Other numbers are not accepted at this time. *Plastic Grocery Bags: Kroger and Publix have collection bins at the front of their stores. *Polystyrene foam trays: These are accepted at Publix. *Telephone Books: Recycling bins are at the following locations - Paulding County Recycling Center and select libraries. Call to confirm. Bins at the libraries are placed a week before the earliest delivery date and for an additional two weeks after the latest date of delivery. *Tires: Old tires are accepted at the Paulding County Recycling Center. The cost is $2/tire for personal vehicle size tires and $3/tire for larger size vehicles. No off-road tires are accepted. They can also be taken to any tire dealer for recycling, although they will charge for this service. *Waste Paint: The Paulding County Recycling Center does not accept waste paint. Visit Netpaint. org or you can mix with cat litter. After mixing, leave lid off for 24 hours for hardening then dispose of in household trash to be taken to the landfill. When dropping off recyclables, glass, tin cans and plastic can be in the same bag. The Paulding County Recycling Center is located at 65 County Services Lane, Dallas, Georgia 30132. For more information contact “Keep Paulding Beautiful” at 770-443-0119 or visit http://keeppauldingbeautiful.com.

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f you have older family members whose cognitive functions or decision-making abilities have declined, or who are lonely or recently widowed, you might need to help protect them against financial scams. What steps should you take?

First of all, try to gain a good sense of their overall financial activity. Look for red flags, such as a reluctance to discuss money matters, consistently unpaid bills, unexplained withdrawals, mysterious wire transfers or a sudden need to purchase large quantities of gift cards. And watch out for new “best friends” or caretakers who show an unusual interest in your loved one’s finances. Whether or not you’ve observed any of these activities, you can help your elderly family members by making these moves: Have checks (such as Social Security payments) directly deposited. You can help your family members avoid a lot of potential trouble by having their checks deposited directly into their bank accounts. Seek permission to become a joint account owner. By becoming a joint account owner on your elderly family members’ checking and savings accounts, you can review statements for suspicious activity. Of course, your loved ones may be initially reluctant to add your name, but if you have a good relationship with them, you should be able to explain the benefits. Shred bank statements, credit card offers and notices of lottery or sweepstakes winnings. One of the most useful gifts you can give to your elderly family members may be a shredder. Encourage them to use it to shred old bank statements, credit card offers and other financial documents. Get on a “do not call” list. Telephone scammers are persistent and devious. By registering your family members’ house and cell phones at www.donotcall.gov, you may be able to reduce their exposure to unwanted calls. Obtain power of attorney. By creating a power of attorney, your loved ones can designate you or another trusted relative or friend to assist with their finances now – for day-to-day assistance and protection from scammers – and later, should they become incapacitated. Again, you will need to employ some sensitivity when discussing this issue. Check references of caretakers. As mentioned above, some caretakers are, unfortunately, dishonest. Before you hire one, check out this person’s references. And even when you do, be careful – scam artists have been known to use accomplices as references, so you will need to be thorough in your research and questions.

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Get to know your family members’ financial advisors. If possible, become acquainted with your older family members’ financial advisors. Any reputable advisor will welcome a connection with their clients’ loved ones. And if you are involved in any estate plans, this multi-generational relationship will prove beneficial for everyone. Ask to meet any new “friends” they have met online. When someone is lonely, they become vulnerable to online friendships. Sometimes, these new friends make promises of meeting, but never show – and then they suddenly need money for one reason or another. It can be challenging to guard against all threats posed by the scammers of the world. But by staying alert and taking the appropriate preventive actions, you may be able to help safeguard your loved ones’ financial security. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by Roberto De Jesus, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.


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magine a wedding planner 75% committed to planning your wedding or a plumber only 90% committed to repairing your leak? Yikes! As a business and life coach I have noticed over the years that the clients who are most successful in creating the changes they want are the ones who commit 100%, and those who struggle have an aversion to or fear of commitment. Most often he/she reasons, “I like my freedom”. Yet they have less freedom and happiness than those who commit. Commitment is a hot button for many, yet is the key to their dreams. It is not to be feared but embraced. When creating a high quality life, family, career, or business 100% is the only way to go. Here are five steps to make it easier to say ‘yes’ to what you want in a way that gets results.

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Step 1: Be authentic - Being authentic reduces the

need for self-discipline. When you make a commitment based on your values, passions, skills, and strengths work becomes play. You get into a place of flow. You are energized versus drained because you are doing what you love, doing what is important to you, and doing it in a way that comes naturally to you. Ask yourself, ‘what are my values, passions, skills, and strengths.’ Ask others the same question. Then ask, ‘how can I best leverage them?’ Then choose a goal you are willing to commit to 100%.

Step 2: Focus on the joy your pot of gold brings - What end results are you committing to? If you want to lose weight stop focusing on what you are giving up and focus on the end result you want. Experience


how great you will feel to slip into your jeans, or how confident you will feel in a bathing suit, etc. Hold your intention first thing in the morning, at bedtime, and throughout the day. Allow no room for a pity party. Be pulled into action by the end results.

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- This means a daily commitment to excellence and focused action. Give all you have to give. Hit the pillow each night with a sense of fulfillment. Awake and follow thru with enthusiasm! Too often we go to bed feeling something is lacking when in fact nothing is lacking! We’re just not taking the actions that bring fulfillment. Raise your standards to your very best daily by doing what will make you feel good about you. Does this mean working until you drop? NO! Rejuvenation is part of peak performance. Take time for extreme self care so you can be your very best. Work hard, play hard, pray hard. Begin to practice committing fully by starting with one goal you know you can reach and building a pattern of success. Keeping commitments to yourself will build your confidence that you can follow thru, you can make things happen, you can be unlimited, and you can create a high quality life…. starting now!



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t is common for homeowners to treat the staircases of their homes as an afterthought. A lot of us believe that as long as no one is at a risk of meeting an accident while ascending or descending these stairs, they’re all set. That’s not true at all. Stair design is more than just creating something that fulfills its utilitarian purpose and doesn’t put anyone’s welfare at risk. And if you’re still not convinced, maybe this article will make you reconsider things a bit. Of course, you should have safety in mind first and foremost when it comes to stair design. You may have the most beautiful staircase in the neighborhood, but if it isn’t safe, it isn’t worth having. There is no way to sufficiently underscore this point. When working with your stair design contractor, you have freedom to supervise the construction to your liking, but you have to be sure the design will not pose a hazard to your home’s occupants. Wood staircases, for instance, are inherently safer than metal staircases. Moreover, these wooden creations never seem to go out of style.

Regarding the actual stair design, here are a few things to consider. First, the design must be congruous to that of your home’s design. It must evoke the look and feel of your home and blend well with its theme. The type of furniture in your home and the color schemes used will all be very important. But remember that the little things mean the most. You may probably want to consult an interior design specialist when in doubt about anything concerning the stair design. This would ensure that you aren’t missing out on these seemingly insignificant details and not choosing a design that will eventually become an eyesore of sorts.

This is not saying you should totally give up on using metal parts for your staircase. Iron parts, for instance, are an integral part of modern stair design. If you opt for a spiral staircase, they are great for smaller homes and can save you a lot of space. However, wooden staircases are still a big hit among homeowners since they are more cost effective and uncomplicated. At the end of the day, it’s all up to you. It’s your home, your staircase, and your choice of design. Stair design is a great opportunity for anybody to let their personality shine through. While you may not be involved with the actual stair building, you will certainly be involved in the design process. So make sure you choose a design that would match the theme of your home and a design that takes safety into account.

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gardening Planning on a Fall Food Crop? By Mickey Gazaway and Nanci Shipley


re those wonderful tomato plants that worked so hard for you this summer, spotty, shriveled and tired looking? Have your peppers pooped out? Are yellow squash and zucchini and cucumbers a fleeting (but delicious) memory? Do you think gardening is over for the year? WRONG! Just because summer is ending and the kids are going back to school does not mean your garden is through producing fresh vegetables for your table. August is the time for the easiest, most comfortable, and maybe the most delicious gardening of the year. Cool season vegetables including broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collards, Swiss chard, kale, turnip greens, lettuce and spinach all thrive in fall’s cool weather. Now is the time to clean out all the old summer vegetables and plant for fall and winter. Seed packets have an anticipated germination to harvest timeline on their packets. A little advance planning can keep you harvesting clear into next spring. It is no surprise that some vegetables do better in cooler weather, and along with the cooler temps comes a decrease in insects. Those pesky critters are heading

into hibernation. Cooler weather also means the sun isn’t baking the garden dry, so watering is easier. You may even enjoy the pace of fall gardening, after the long summer season.

Once you have your vegetables ready to plant, take the time to chart where you plant so that you can rotate your crops next year. Plant the taller vegetables toward the back to avoid having them block the winter sun, and be sure to allow plenty of space for plants to grow.

Make your plans to begin your fall crops in August here in northwest Georgia. While making plans to plant, you should first plan to pull out any weeds before they set seed, trash any plants with symptoms of a disease and compost spent plants.

Finally, add a new layer of mulch such as straw or shredded leaves. You can easily shred your leaves by raking them into a 2’ row and running your mower over them. This promotes air flow which prevents rot, and allows rain to flow to the plant roots. It also helps reduce weed competition with your vegetables. If you don’t have room for a garden or the only sun in your yard is on the deck or driveway, consider fall container gardening. Choose large containers, half whiskey barrels are ideal. Make sure there are holes in the bottom for drainage. Fill with a soil formulated for containers and plant. Container gardening works especially well for spinach, lettuce and herbs.

Rake up the existing mulch and turn the garden with a fork or garden spade, add compost or a slow acting organic fertilizer. Consider vegetable seeds that have a shorter germination period, or plant starts for a second crop of warm season vegetable like beans and bell peppers that do well until the first freeze-which is usually around November 1.

Mickey Gazaway and Nanci Shipley are Paulding County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. These volunteers are trained experts, who answer questions about home horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and environmentally friendly gardening practices. For more information on gardening in Paulding, contact a Master Gardener or the County Extension Agent at the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at at 770-443-7616 or visit ugaextension.org/Paulding.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Fall Training Classes begin August 13 - Monday and Wednesday evenings. CASA Paulding is seeking volunteer advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. For more info about how you can help a child in foster care find a safe, permanent home email rlundy@casapaulding.org or call 770-5050065.  www.casapaulding.org VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Keep Paulding Beautiful You can help Keep Paulding Beautiful create a clean and healthy environment in which to live, work, and play. To volunteer call 770-443-0119. ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS- Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Dallas Georgia Writers Guild Every Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:30 pm at Starbucks - Crossroads 8655 Hiram-Acworth Hwy, Dallas writers_muse@att.net Dallas Rotary Club at Audrey’s Café* Every Thursday; 7:30am networking, 8am meeting Contact Madge Lovingood 770-439-7991 with any questions. Manna Food Ministry - Feed the Hungry* Offering affordable, pre-packaged, high-quality nutritious food boxes. Questions? 678-310-9660. Major credit cards accepted. 460 S. Johnston St, Dallas, 30132. Paulding County Beekeepers Club* 2nd Monday of the month; 7pm at Dallas Primitive Baptist Church 222 Legion Rd., Dallas or follow on Facebook at Paulding County Beekeepers! Questions? Call Sue McCleary at 678-310-7305. Paulding County Singles Ages 50 and Over* 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6pm at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, Hiram Paulding Singles 50 and Over on Facebook or call Phyllis Coble at 678-247-6499.

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Paulding County Writers’ Guild Meeting* 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm Call 770-943-0571 or check www.pcwgga.org/calendar for meeting info. Paulding Literacy Council Programs: Learn more by calling 770-974-5531. n Become An Adult Reading Tutor – tutors needed; training provided. n Learn and Improve Your Reading skills - Tutoring sessions for Paulding residents. n English Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register call 770-443-1660 n Class Instruction for GED. To register call 770-443-1660 Paulding Photography Club – Downtown Dallas* 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit www.facebook.com/PauldingPhotographyClub. *Email events to info@ourtownfamily.com, by the 12th of the month. *Follow sample in calendar; 50 WORDS OR LESS; SPACE IS LIMITED! RESTRICTIONS APPLY.

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pril Estes is a native of Paulding County and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 15 years. They are blessed with four beautiful children who have become the inspiration and heartbeat of her business. April graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2002 with a BBA in Finance. She spent several years in her career until the birth of her first son. Although she always had an interest in photography, this is what altered her career path. She became passionate about the opportunity to be able to preserve and capture every sweet little moment. The emotions that can derive from a photograph are what inspired her to pursue the industry so that she could help bring that happiness to others. She began classes at the Showcase School of Photography and officially opened her own photography business in 2008.   Reflective Images Photography is in its tenth year of business and April has been blown away how God has blessed her. The opportunities her career has unveiled and the many friendships she has developed through this journey have been such an encouragement of God’s provision and plan for her life and her business.    April is an on-location photographer and offers sessions for whatever is special and dear to your heart. Whether you are growing your family, about to send him off to college or preparing to walk her down the aisle, April would love the opportunity to capture these important milestones and memories so they can be cherished forever.   To contact her about booking a session, please visit www.reflectiveimagesphoto. com or email reflectiveimagesphotography@gmail.com   

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Audie has worked in the auto parts business for over 30 years. He is very proud of his wife’s work and accomplishments, and has a kept a scrapbook with her awards and special mementos from her teaching career. In her down time, Susan loves to sew and crochet. Every year she makes Christmas pajamas for everyone in the family from the youngest to the oldest.

Susan and Audie spend as much time together as they can. They have family in Maine and enjoy traveling there as often as they can. But mainly they enjoy relaxing and spending time together. Math can be complicated but a good teacher who loves teaching, gets to know their students, allows participation and helpfulness, and encourages success is the perfect solution. This is why Susan Merchant is Paulding’s 2018 Teacher of the Year! We congratulate her on the well-deserved award and wish her all the best with the new school year.


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s children head back to school, pets can be affected in all sorts of ways. Here are some tips for helping your pet adjust to changes in the family routine.”-

l The main problems we see during the back-to-school season are animals, especially dogs that love to eat school supplies. Although it’s too early to say “the dog ate my homework”, dogs love to eat erasers, pens, pencils, etc. This time of the year we tend to take a lot of school supplies from the animal’s tummies.

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l Stick to your basic boring diets as much as possible, as too much variety upsets their tummies and your oriental rugs. General rules of thumb are: -Keep small edible items off the floor. - Ingested pennies cause Zinc toxicity and can often be fatal. [If they’re collecting for school, keep them in an old plastic jelly jar.] In these economic times watch your pennies! -Pet proof your home like you would for children.

I’m PURRLA (DOB ~11/14/2015), a female seal point snowshoe mix. I found myself wandering aimlessly with no one to care for me and I was eventually picked up by a local animal control as a stray. Animal control reached out to FFRS about me, and they gladly accepted me into their program. I wasn’t a very happy kitty when I first arrived (even though I’m still not very fond of the other kitties who invade my space), but I have settled in and accepted the caregivers at FFRS as my friends. I would love to find a new home, one with no small children and I’m not sure how I’d feel about a dog in my new home. I think I’d really prefer a quiet home with an older family. (Shhhhh – I don’t want a lot of folks to know this, but I’ve actually purred while my caregivers have interacted with me and I love to be petted!) I am spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, have received flea preventative, and will be microchipped and eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance at the time of my adoption. My adoption fee is $125.

l In houses with children, pets bond strongly with children during the summer and often suffer from separation anxiety or depression because of the sudden change in routine when kids go back to school. Pay extra attention to pets when children go back to school because they miss the kids too.


l Some pets follow kids to school. Whether you walk or drive to school, your child’s buddy may have a secret GPS chip in his brain and follow your child to school one day. If your dog goes missing after your child goes to school, go check the school first! l Depressed animals tend to overeat just like people do, so be careful to monitor portion sizes in order to prevent obesity. l Finally, we do live in [the south] and despite what the calendar says, the summer heat is still in full force. Please don’t leave your pets in a hot car for any amount of time as they can and do die of heat stroke, very quickly.

To see some of our cats available for adoption, please visit www.fancyfelinerescue.org/available.htm; then complete our online Adoption Application, www.fancyfelinerescue.org/adoptapp.htm, or email us at FancyFelineResQ@bellsouth. net. And don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/FancyFelineRescue!

Albert Nunez, DVM, CVA practices in Florida and is also medical director for AGAN Therapeutics molecular hypothermia, Oncology and Neuro research. http://www. integratedveterinarymedicine.com.

***Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is in dire need of foster families, and volunteers to help with cleaning, feeding, and socializing our cats at the Rescue Center and/or helping at our weekend adoption events two weekends a month at the Kennesaw Petsmart. If you are willing to give of your time and your heart to help our kitties, please complete our online Volunteer Application at www.fancyfelinerescue.org/volapp.htm. The gratification of knowing you make a difference in the lives of these deserving cats is overwhelming.*** Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a licensed, non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to individual attention


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1. “Buona ___”

Bento Lunches for Back to School

(Italian greeting)

5. Dry riverbed 9. Mosque V.I.P. 13. Sonata, e.g. 14. Decree 16. “Little Caesar” role 17. Gossip, slangily 18. Fan 19. Biblical birthright seller 20. Student transportation 23. “Catch-22” pilot 24. Riot 25. Head, slang 27. “10” music 30. Annoying insect 32. “The Three Faces of ___” 33. Casting need 35. Music excess 38. Foreign drifter 41. Forty-niner’s quest 43. “Farewell, mon ami” 44. “Back in the ___” 46. Be in session 47. Predicament 49. Kind of artist 52. Medieval weapon 54. Healthy teacher’s gift 56. Egg cells 57. W. Africa republic 62. Vermeer’s “Woman With a ___” 64. Available 65. Assayers’ stuff 66. Brews 67. Pooh’s creator 68. Charges 69. Sabbath goal 70. “___ me!” 71. “Watch out!”

Pizza Roll-Up Bento Lunch By Stacy Fraser, EatingWell Recipe Contributor


his easy pizza-inspired roll-up is a kid-pleaser. Make crunchy vegetables more appealing by selecting colorful varieties like orange and purple cauliflower—and don’t forget the dip! Keep ‘em smiling with watermelon cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters.”

DOWN 1. Lays down the lawn 2. “Beowulf,” e.g. 3. Charge 4. On dry land 5. Of noble descent 6. Building block 7. Disclose 8. Frosts, as a cake 9. Anger 10. Abuser of women 11. Mites 12. Bewail 15. Current 21. “___ the fields we go” 22. Tender-hearted one 26. Garden bloom, informally 27. Altar platform 28. “Ars amatoria” poet 29. Makes laws

31. “The Sound of Music” backdrop 34. Tiny ornamental case 36. Beethoven’s “Archduke ___” 37. “Beetle Bailey” dog 39. Blood network 40. Atmospheres 42. Stationer’s supply 45. Shake up 48. Adage 50. “Is that ___?” 51. Irritate 52. Frigid 53. Fertilization site 55. Chi 58. “Idylls of the King” character 59. Sundae topper, perhaps 60. At no time, poetically 61. “___ quam videri” (North Carolina’s motto)

Ingredients 1 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortilla 2 tablespoons prepared pizza sauce 12 leaves baby spinach 3 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella ½ cup cucumber spears ½ cup cauliflower florets 2 tablespoons low-fat creamy dressing, such as ranch 1 cup small watermelon pieces 6 chocolate wafer cookies Directions 1. Place tortilla on a plate and spread pizza sauce over it. Top with an even layer of spinach and sprinkle cheese on top. Microwave on High until the cheese is just melted, about 45 seconds. Carefully roll the tortilla up. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces, if desired. Pack the slices in a medium container. 2. Pack cucumber and cauliflower in another medium container. Nestle a small, dipsize container among the vegetables and add dressing. 3. Pack watermelon in one small container and cookies in another small container. Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the pizza roll-up for up to 1 day.

Breakfast-for-Lunch Bento for Kids

By Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D.N., EatingWell Recipe Contributor “This bento box idea is full of your kid’s breakfast favorites, even waffles. This lunch is packed with healthy foods you will feel good about serving and kids will actually be excited to eat—no more half-eaten lunches!”

63. “C’___ la vie!”

Ingredients 2 whole-wheat waffles, toasted 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter ¼ cup thinly sliced apple ½ cup no-salt-added cottage cheese ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 large hard-boiled egg, halved ½ cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise ½ cup grapefruit segments Directions 1.Spread 1 waffle with sunflower seed butter and layer on apple. Top with the remaining waffle and cut into quarters. Pack in a medium container. 2.Place cottage cheese in a medium container and sprinkle with cinnamon. 3.Pack egg and tomatoes in a medium container and grapefruit in a small container.


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